The annual Five-Day Teaching with Writing Faculty Seminar presents a unique opportunity for faculty members to focus exclusively on the role writing plays in their diverse courses, whether those courses are in sciences, humanities, social sciences, or arts and design. Each half-day session involves participants in hands-on activities using sample writing assignments and student-written drafts. Throughout the week, participating faculty members develop materials and approaches that are apt for a course they teach or plan to introduce soon. 

By week's end, everyone will have...

  • Determined a subset of specific writing abilities they expect students to develop/demonstrate 
  • Designed low-stakes and high-stakes writing assignments
  • Become familiar with strategies for providing students with effective, actionable feedback on their writing
  • Created assignment-specific grading schemes that ensure fair, constructive assessment
  • Experimented with time-saving commenting, peer response, and grading strategies
  • Been given access to a site loaded with instructional resources
  • Spent five mornings drinking good coffee and talking to interesting colleagues from across the disciplines about relevant teaching ideas.

Who takes this seminar?

Since 2002, the annual Teaching with Writing seminar has enrolled participants from the following departments: 

Academic Health Center | Accounting | Aerospace Engineering | African American & African Studies | Agricultural Education | Agronomy and Plant Genetics | American Studies | Architecture | Art | Art History | Asian Languages & Literatures | Biochemistry | Biology | Chemical Engineering | Chemistry | Civil Engineering | Communication Studies | Computer Science & Engineering | Construction Management | Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature | Curriculum & Instruction | Dental Hygiene | Design, Housing, and Apparel | Ecology, Evolution and Behavior | Economics | Education | Electrical Engineering | English | Epidemiology | Family Social Science | Finance | Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology | Food Science and Nutrition | Forest Resources | French & Italian | Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies | General College | Genetics, Cell Biology and Development | Geography | Global Studies | German, Scandinavian & Dutch | Health Systems Management | History | History of Medicine | History of Science and Technology | Horticultural Science |  Industrial and Systems Engineering | Journalism & Mass Communication |  Kinesiology | Linguistics | Mathematics | Mechanical Engineering | Medical Laboratory Sciences |  Medicine | Microbiology | Music | Nursing | Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems | Rhetoric | Philosophy | Plant Biology | Preventative Sciences | Political Science | Second Language Acquisition Spanish & Portuguese Studies |  Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences | Social Work | Soil, Water, and Climate |  Surgery | Theatre Arts & Dance | Veterinary Medicine | Work & Human Resources Education | Writing Studies | Youth Studies


To ensure an interactive and engaged experience, registration for the seminar is capped at 25. Interested participants are encouraged to register well in advance. This seminar is offered free of charge.

Participants commit to the entire week-long session (five afternoons) because the seminar builds sequentially from designing effective assignments through coaching the writing process to grading writing that will result from assignments. 

NOTICE: The Five-Day Teaching with Writing Seminar will return in August 2023. Registration information will be available in April 2023. In the meantime, feel free to consult with a member of the WEC team about assigning and assessing writing.


Pamela Flash, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum; Co-Director, Center for Writing​



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